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Kim Senklip Harvey - KEYNOTE

Kim Senklip Harvey is from the Syilx, Tshilqot'in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh Nations and is a Fire Creator (director/playwright/actor/community member). In 2017, Kim participated in Writing in a Racialized Canada which assembled 20 of Canada’s most exciting POC writers at Banff Centre. In 2017, she started her two-year residency with the National Theatre School in their inaugural Artistic Leadership Program. Kim has been shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson prize for her work as a director, participated in the Banff Playwrights Lab and the Rumble Theatre’s Directors Lab. In 2018, Kim had a three-city world premiere of Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story and her next artistic ceremony Break Horizons is a commission with the Citadel and Arts Club Theatre. Kim’s passion for theatre lives within its transformational nature and believes that storytelling is the most compelling medium to move us to a place where every community member is provided the opportunity to live peacefully.

Sechanalyagh (thank you in Tsilhqot'in) limelet (Syilx)

Kim Senklip Harvey

Shapeshifter.
She/Her

www.kimsenklipharvey.com

"When you know who you are;
when your mission is clear and you
burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will;
no cold can touch your heart;
no deluge can dampen your purpose.
You know that you are alive."

Chief Seattle


Carmen Alatorre

Originally from Mexico City, Carmen earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC and has worked as a theatre designer in Vancouver since 2006. Some of her recent design credits include: Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Topdog/Underdog (Arts Club Theatre Co.); Pericles and The Winter’s Tale (Bard on the Beach). Carmen is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

carmenalatorre.com

Panelist: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

Cande Andrade

Cande is a video editor and media designer for theatre, dance and performance arts. Recent design credits include: IELE (lamondance); White Noise (Savage Productions); Pathetic Fallacy (The Chop); Griffin and Sabine (Belfry), Incognito Mode (Studio58/Neworld); Forget About Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club); Am/A (Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt); Foreign Radical (Conspiracy); Sal Capone (Boldskool) and Motherload (The Motherload Collective). Other credits include work for productions with Elbow Theatre, The Frank, Alley Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Patasola Dance, Electric Company, Mascall Dance, Boca del Lupo, Theatre for Living, Rimini Protokoll (Germany), and Pi. For his company Rough House productions (where he is co-artistic director with Camille Gingras) he has designed Tiny Apocalypse; Smile you are on Camera; A Last Resort, and Three Lectures on the North (co-produced with Theatre Replacement). Cande is also a video design instructor at Langara College (Studio 58).

Panelist: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

Facilitator: QLab Basics Workshop

 

ALMIRA BARDAI

A seasoned, senior communications professional, Almira Bardai has almost 20 years of experience creating powerful narratives for domestic and global brands.

With an enviable network of influencers and a storied career, her expertise lies in developing strategic communications and social media plans focused on brand experiences, building brand awareness, and user engagement. She's delivered results-driven campaigns for the likes of Granville Island Brewing, Flight Centre, Nike, Best Buy, Future Shop, Molson, and TELUS.

Prior to Indian Summer Arts Society, Almira co-founded and was Co-CEO of Jive PR & Digital, one of Canada’s top boutique PR and social media agencies. Her consulting career has seen her work in the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

Almira was the recipient of Enterprising Woman Magazine's 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award, PROFIT and Canadian Business W100: Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs 2016, Business In Vancouver Forty Under 40 2016 Winner and finalist of the 2014 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Almira is active as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and mentor in organizations, such as Brands for Better, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, SFU Beedie School of Business, and Entrepreneur's Organization.

Panelist: Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

MARIAM BARRY

Mariam Barry is an actor, writer, filmmaker, youth facilitator and theatre producer from Norway and The Gambia. She immigrated to Canada five years ago and holds a BFA in Acting from UBC. As a theatre artist, Mariam has worked with companies such as Rumble Theatre, PTC, Ensemble Theatre Company, Axis Theatre Company, Pacific Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Zee Zee Theatre, Peninsula Productions, The Arts Club, Boca del Lupo, Belfry Theatre, and LAMDA in various roles on and off the stage. Mariam was a company apprentice at Pacific Theatre during their 2017/2018 season and is currently a co-producer for Killjoy Theatre.

At the centre of her creativity lies a driving-passion for bringing new voices to the table. Mariam is most inspired when creating work with other artists of colour, and telling stories connected to her Black and international identity within the African diaspora.

Panelist: Wealth, Risk, Making Art


Alan Brodie 

Alan is a Vancouver-based designer, director and educator. Since completing theatre studies at UBC in 1989, he has designed lighting for theatre, opera and dance companies across Canada. He has designed for American theatres such as Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle), American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco) and Center Theater Group (Los Angeles), while his lighting for The Overcoat appeared at festivals across the globe. His work with Crystal Pite has also taken him abroad to Scottish Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Zürich Ballet.

A long-standing member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Alan has provided mentorship to many young designers over the years through his teaching and designing at UBC, the National Theatre School, UVic, Douglas College, the Banff Centre and Langara College (Studio 58).

Alan has received 10 Jessie Richardson Awards, a Dora, a Sterling, a Betty Mitchell and a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. 

Panelist: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

SAMMY CHIEN

Sammy Chien, a first-generation Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer POC, is an interdisciplinary artist, director, researcher and mentor who works with new media, sound, performance, movement and spirituality. Sammy’s exhibited work across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia, including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and worked with digital pioneers: Troika Ranch and Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer, Christopher Doyle.

Sammy is actively involved in research/creation/mentorship projects engaging youth and various marginalized groups such as low-income residents, minorities, indigenous and LGBTQ2+, and is the official selected mentor of Isadora and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像.  

sammychien.com

Panelist: What Versus Who: A Nuanced Conversation

Mishelle Cuttler

Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, music director and actor/musician based in Vancouver. Some favourite composition credits include: Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach), The Matchmaker (Arts Club), Sounding the Sophia (The Little Chamber Music Series That Could), and STATIONARY (Delinquent). Some sound design highlights include: The Candidate, The Party (Citadel), Hir, The Events (Pi), Titus Bouffonius, Penelope (Rumble), and A Night’s Mare (Caravan). Up next: Music Direction and Sound Design for Shakespeare in Love (Bard), Composition and Sound Design for China Doll (Gateway), and Orchestration, Sound Design and Musical Direction for A Christmas Carol (Citadel).

Mishelle has an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Acting from UBC. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Panelist: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

Facilitator: QLab Basics Workshop

ESTHER DUQUETTE

Esther Duquette has been the Artistic Director of Théâtre la Seizième since 2016, previously serving as the organization's Associate Artistic and Managing Director and Communication and Administration Director. A graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal in journalism with a specialization in theatre and literature, she centres her practice on artistic counselling, directing and dramaturgy. Her first play, Straight Jacket Winter, has been presented across Canada from 2016 to 2019. The recipient of the Roland Mahé-Banque National Award of the Foundation for the Advancement of Francophone Theatre in Canada, Esther has also received three Jessie Awards nominations for her work. She co-founded Vancouver-based company 2PAR4 in 2015, and has served on the board of a number of artistic companies and associations since 2012.

Panelist: Marketing on a Shoestring Budget


DANI FECKO

Dani Fecko is Founder of Fascinator Management, an agency and consultancy based on Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Fascinator represents nine clients from Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. Fascinator is also the Canadian advocate for Caravan artists supported by Farnham Maltings in the UK and is the Canadian representative for Performing Arts Hub Norway.

Dani trained as a Stage Manager at Studio 58 and worked for multiple companies locally and Theatre Replacement, Neworld Theatre, and more across Canada and Europe. She tour-managed across North America, Mexico and Europe with Rimini Protokoll and to Europe and across Canada with Company 605.  She was Managing Producer of Boca del Lupo, and spent four years as Associate Curator at the PuSh Festival.

Dani is on the board of the Western Arts Alliance and is a committee member for the International Society for Performing Arts. She lives with her piano playing husband, Angus Kellett.

Moderator: Wealth, Risk, Making Art

CHRIS (C.E.) GATCHALIAN

Chris (C.E.) Gatchalian is a queer Filipino-Canadian author and theatre-maker born, raised and based on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). A graduate of the the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing program, he is a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award whose plays have been produced locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Chris published his first non-fiction book, Double Melancholy - Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man.

Panelist: Wealth, Risk, Making Art

Chelsea Haberlin

Chelsea is Interim Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre and Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions. As a director she has worked with: ITSAZOO Productions, Neworld Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Theatre SKAM, Pacific Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, and many more. Chelsea is forever searching for new ways to surprise and engage an audience and is particularly passionate about meaningful collaboration, immersive environments, community engagement and reconciliation.

Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC and a BFA with a specialization in Applied Theatre from UVic. She is the recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing, the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a two-time winner and five-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction.

Moderator: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

ANITA HARDING

Founder of ASL123, Anita is an instructor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Linguistics, and Douglas College in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation. She is a freelance consultant whose passion for curriculum design has benefited many American Sign Language – English Interpretation programs in the North America. Anita designed and delivered various workshops at the provincial and national levels intended to bridge the gap from linguistic theory to language competence.

Presenter: Creating Deaf Spaces in New and Existing Works

RACHEL KIYO IWAASA

Hailed in the press as "keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse" (Georgia Straight), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is recognized among Canada’s foremost contemporary music pianists. Composers including Hildegard Westerkamp, Rodney Sharman, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and Jordan Nobles, have written works specifically for her. Rachel has worked with flautist Mark Takeshi McGregor, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, and legendary multi-media provocateur Paul Wong. Rachel works as Glitter Manager of the Pride in Art Society, harnessing the visceral power of the arts to promote respect and recognition of people who transgress sexual and gender norms. Together with SD Holman, Rachel co-founded Pride in Art’s Queer Arts Festival, recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide, and SUM, Canada’s queer-mandated gallery.

Panelist: What Versus Who: A Nuanced Conversation

RAVEN JOHN

Raven John, artist, involuntary comedian and two-spirit activist, is of Coast Salish and Sto:lo Nation decent. This Two-spirit Trickster is a BFA graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, with a major in visual art and minor in social practice and community engagement, as well as a graduate of the North West Coast Jewelry Arts program at the Native Education College. Raven is a visual artist, cultural consultant, mediator, photographer and sculptor. A jack-of-all-trades, their practice covers a wide array of mediums from provocation and humour, puppet-making, ceramics, dressmaking, interactive electronics and indigenous technologies. Should you wish to participate in direct action regarding Truth and Reconciliation and/or the ongoing colonization/genocide of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, feel free to visit their website to directly wire them money for coffee, comic books and/or art supplies: ravenjohn.com

Panelist: Wealth, Risk, Making Art

Shizuka Kai

Shizuka is a Vancouver-based artist known for her set design and puppetry. She's also a mask & props maker, director, painter, illustrator, costume designer, and stage/film actor. She has worked with many established theatre companies including Arts Club, Neworld, Théâtre la Seizième, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Electric Company, Rumble, Axis, Boca del Lupo, Citadel, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, among many others.

Shiz is a two-time Jessie Richardson Award winner and four-time nominee, Ovation award nominee, the recipient of the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship and recent Bill Millerd Artist Grant, and a graduate of Studio 58. 

Panelist: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers


Landon Krentz

Landon is a bilaterally profoundly Deaf artist who is completely bilingual in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. As a Deaf artist, he brings a unique perspective to his roles of Director of Artistic Sign Language and ASL performer for theatre. He hopes to establish professional sign language theatre by engaging in theatrical practices from an intersectional standpoint: one that allows both sign and spoken languages to coexist in artistic practice. His work has allowed him to advocate for artists within the larger community so that Deafness is looked upon as a reflection of diversity and culture. As a result of his work, he was presented an award of merit for inclusion and access from the Western Institute of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2018.

Landon has lived and worked in the Deaf and hearing worlds all his life and recognizes the gaps between the visual and the auditory worlds. Both equally beautiful, he strives to bridge those gaps and the gaps between the arts and Deaf artists. This coming June, he will be hosting his first scripted workshop, Jesse - An ASL Opera, a project that explores the intersectionality of Deaf theatre, opera and music.

Presenter: Creating Deaf Spaces in New and Existing Works

James Long 

James Long has been making new works of performance since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto. T/R’s work, including shows such as Mine, Town Choir, Winners and Losers, WeeTube and BioBoxes: Artifacting Human Experience have been presented in close to 50 cities, festivals and independent venues across North America and Europe. Recent freelance directorial work for James includes Morko and its partner piece Loch, created with visual artist Cindy Mochizuki; How to Disappear Completely, with The Chop Theatre; and most recently, with Neworld, King Arthur’s Night, an experimental retelling of the King Arthur story as told by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef.

In addition to creating new work, James continues to write about performance and creation methodology, teach students and established artists across Canada and the US and recently completed a Masters of Urban Studies through Simon Fraser University.

Panelist: Yours, Mine, and Ours: Much Ado about Something (When Storytelling and Copyright Collide)

PIPPA MACKIE

Pippa Mackie is an award-winning actor, writer and producer. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Pippa has worked with: Arts Club, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Greenthumb, and many more. Recently: she originated the role of ‘Leap’ in Rumble Theatre’s Titus Bouffonius which earned her and the ensemble a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Most recently, she was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for her role as ‘Bronwyn’ in Feature Film #Roxy. 

As a writer and producer, Pippa’s work has been performed on stages across Canada and she is the current Associate Producer with Upintheair Theatre. Her new show JULIET: A Revenge Comedy (co-written with Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone) will premiere this summer. Pippa has teamed up with award-winning UK writer/performer Kit Redstone (Testosterone), as they are developing a show that will have its world premiere in 2020.

pippamackie.com 

Moderator: Marketing on a Shoestring Budget


FAY NASS

Fay Nass is a queer theatre-maker, director, writer, curator, producer, educator, scholar, innovator and tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her practice is dedicated to creating artful, truthful interpretations of gender, race, diaspora and cultural identity. Fay’s work has been presented locally, nationally and internationally.

Fay is the Artistic Director of the frank theatre company and the founder and Artistic Director of Aphotic Theatre in Vancouver. She was the overseeing director, mentor and dramaturg for the Hot House play development program at the theatre conservatory Studio 58. Her previous theatre experience includes curating The Frank’s Q2Q intersecting, devising and directing verbatim theatre show The Pink Line (The Frank Theatre), dramaturging Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) (The Frank Theatre), directing the community-devised show Unveiled (SHIFT Festival and SummerWorks) and directing Kill Your Lovers (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival and Fresh Fruit Festival NYC).

Fay Holds a BFA in theatre directing from UVic and a Masters in interdisciplinary arts from Simon Fraser University.

Panelist: What Versus Who: A Nuanced Conversation

Jivesh Parasram

Jivesh Parasram is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada, and Internationally. He is a co-founder of the Socio-Political Collective Pandemic Theatre and the current Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre. Jiv grew up in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and currently endeavours to split his time between T'karón:to (Toronto) and the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) which he now calls home.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including the Ken McDougall award for direction, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and–with the team at this past year’s CanadaHub–the prestigious Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was also a past member of the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab with the Banff Centre. 

Photo credit: Graham Isador

Moderator: Yours, Mine, and Ours: Much Ado about Something (When Storytelling and Copyright Collide)

Erin Pike

Erin Pike is a queer artist with a flair for the feminist, political, and absurd. Her original work has been featured in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum and the Lyric Hyperion Theatre, in Seattle at On the Boards, Bryan Ohno Gallery, NEPO5K, and Annex Theatre; in Portland, OR at Risk/Reward Festival; and in Minneapolis at Open Eye Figure Theatre. Her poem I LIKE LESBIANS BUT I DON'T LIKE 'LESBIAN' IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN appears in the recently published anti-binary journal Deviant Proposals.

Panelist: Yours, Mine, and Ours: Much Ado about Something (When Storytelling and Copyright Collide)

TAMARA RAHMANI

Tamara Rahmani is the Western Canada Charity Engagement Specialist for CanadaHelps, she joined the nonprofit in October and has been working with charities and non-profits from Saskatchewan to B.C., ensuring they get the best use out of the CanadaHelps platform. Before that, she worked as a journalist in Vancouver and in Toronto. Tamara holds a Diploma in Broadcast Communications from BCIT, and a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Professional Writing in Journalism and Publishing from the University of Victoria.

Presenter: Fundraising with Digital Donors


Martha Rans

Martha Rans is a Vancouver-based lawyer specializing in the legal needs of non-profits, charities and digital creatives. She spent 10 years as labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. A recognized expert on the BC Societies Act, she has co-chaired the provincial Continuing Legal Education of BC Charities and Non Profit Law since 2014. Martha advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights and advocates for public legal education and information.

She is the Legal Director of the Pacific Legal Education Outreach Society and its associated resources Law For Nonprofits and Artists’ Legal Outreach, which provide thousands of British Columbia’s non-profit organizations and creators with advice, information, and educational resources.

Panelist: Yours, Mine, and Ours: Much Ado about Something (When Storytelling and Copyright Collide)

Siobhan Richardson

Siobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, and the only person in Canada recognized as an Intimacy Director by Tonia Sina, founder of the Intimacy For The Stage method.

Siobhan is quickly building an impressive resume in this field, including several directing and teaching credits across Canada, Europe, and the US. Directing credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper); Bunny (Tarragon); Really, Really (Theatre Erindale); Serenity Wild (Tender Container and the frank theatre company); Odd One Out (Human Wick Effect); Love and Human Remains (University Players, University of Windsor); Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shadowtime Productions); The Container (Theatre Fix); The Trial of Judith K (Thought For Food Productions); and assistant to Intimacy Choreographer Tonia Sina on The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival, directed by Jillian Keiley).

Recent teaching credits include workshops across Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous post-secondary theatre programs across Ontario. An accomplished speaker, Siobhan has lectured at numerous occasions. Siobhan is thrilled to be offering education that is contributing to more joyful, more respectful, and safer workspaces, bringing Intimacy Directors into the rehearsal hall to support actors and directors in these sensitive moments which are so vital to plot and character development. Listen to her interview on CBC’s The Current (starts at 22:44), and read this National Post article.

Siobhan is also an actor/fighter/singer/dancer, and a fight director/stage combat instructor. In all her work, Siobhan is dedicated to the growth and development of the art form and for the artists in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community.  siobhanrichardson.com

Facilitator: Intimacy Direction Workshops

QUELEMIA SPARROW

Quelemia is an Indigenous actor, writer and director from the Musqueam Nation. She graduated from Studio 58’s Theatre program and the Langara Film Arts screenwriting program.

Theatre credits include Lysistrata and Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach), The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); The Pipeline Project (Gateway Theatre); The Snow Queen (Globe Theatre); Our Town (Osimous Theatre); The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NAC); The Penelopiad (Arts Club Theatre); August: Osage County (Arts Club Theatre)Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (Firehall Arts Centre); Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse/WCT): and The Fall: Industrial Horror (Electric Company). Film and TV credits include: Clouds of Autumn, The Letter, Fringe, V, Sanctuary 2, Blackstone, Cable Beach, Unnatural and Accidental, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Dead Zone, and Da Vinci’s Inquest for which she won a Leo Award for Best Female Guest Appearance. Writing credits include Ashes on the Water, a podplay for Neworld Theatre and Raven Spirit Dance; Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance); co-writer The Pipeline Project (Itsazoo and Savage Society); Indigenous consultant and Indigenous content writer for Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); O’wet (Savage Society); Women of Papiyek (Full Circle, Animikiig Native Earth). Short filmMosquitoes.

Directing credits: Oleanna (Main Street Productions); The contest of the Winds (Caravan Farm; assistant director to Rachel Peake); Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance); The Classroom (Studio 58).

She was an Associate with Playwrights Theatre Centre from 2014-2016 and she completed the Stratford writing retreat in 2017. Her show O’wet will premiere at the Cultch in 2020.

Land Acknowledgement

JEN SUNGSHINE

Jen Sungshine speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. She is a nerdy queer Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist/activist, facilitator, and community mentor based in Vancouver, BC, and the Co-Creative Director and founder of Love Intersections, a media arts collective that cultivate a vision of collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling.

Jen's artistic practice involves learning through unlearning; and instead of calling you out, she wants to call you in, to make artful social change with her. In the audience, she looks for art in your interruption.

jensungshine.com

Moderator: What Versus Who: A Nuanced Conversation

ANDREW VALLANCE

Andrew Vallance is a stand-up comic, storyteller, feminist in training, socialist, and pseudo-intellectual who has worked with Realwheels since 2011, performing in seven of their productions.

His interests include trying to make people laugh, French fries, chocolate, science fiction and Marxism. His comedy is about sex and stuff.

Panelist: Wealth, Risk, Making Art


GVPTA acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, The Government of Canada, BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services.

GVPTA acknowledges that this conference takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

GVPTA's 2019 Making A Scene Conference is sponsored by PACT, Front Row Insurance, and Ecclesiastical Insurance, co-hosted by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, and supported by MAXGuide.

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